There, a federal judge in San Francisco has ordered that California taxpayers must provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, claiming that to withhold such a procedure would somehow violate the convict's constitutional rights. Tigar wrote that Norsworthy had attempted other treatment options but says she still experiences "excruciating pain and frustration" due to her condition, and her current hormone replacement therapy could threaten her liver function.Ultimate insult to taxpayers"Norsworthy has presented compelling evidence suggesting that prison officials deliberately ignored her continuing symptoms of gender dysphoria and the recognized standards of care," Tigar wrote.
Currently, she is serving a 17-to-life sentence at the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif.
Norsworthy began self-identifying as a transgender woman in the mid-1990s, finally having been diagnosed with her condition in January 2000, Reuters reported.
Tigar's first-of-its-kind order has direct implications -- both now and in the future -- for California taxpayers and, most likely, taxpayers around the country, where other inmates who "self-identify" as the opposite gender will no doubt seek to force the public pay for sex change treatments.
Taxpayers in the Golden State will be on the hook for as much as $100,000 -- the cost of the procedures -- Joyce Hayhoe, spokeswomen for California Corrections Health Care Services, told the Los Angeles Times.
(Natural News) There used to be a time in the United States when being convicted of a felony -- especially the heinous crime of murder -- meant that a person was also forced to surrender many of his or her constitutional rights, having broken the rules required of a civil society.
There were always notable exceptions, such as the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
But aside from that, courts were notoriously deferential to victims, to taxpayers, to society at large and to civil order.
As we move further into the 21st century and farther away from our constitutional roots, those long-observed precedents are slowing eroding, as evidenced recently by a case in California. District Judge Jon Tigar wrote in his 38-page order that the state was violating the constitutional rights of Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was convicted of second-degree murder in April 1987, by not providing the operation.
Hayhoe also said her office was reviewing the court's order to "determine the next steps." It wasn't clear whether Norsworthy was being held in male or female housing in prison.
The Times, quoting The Associated Press, reported that the state was considering an appeal."The weight of the evidence demonstrates that for Norsworthy, the only adequate medical treatment for her gender dysphoria" is sexual reassignment surgery, Tigar wrote, according to the Times.
The Department of Corrections denied the "necessary treatment" for reasons that were not related to medical need, he said."The evidence suggests that Norsworthy's request for SRS was denied because [the Department of Corrections] has a blanket policy barring SRS as a treatment for transgender inmates," Tigar wrote.